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Postby KnightExemplar » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:43 am UTC

The last week in a nutshell, as told by Mario.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:40 am UTC

I felt that this was a nice story:

Goldfish meant as food manages to survive in tank for 7 years.

I have to admit, that's some impressive survival skills. I applaud its tactics and am glad it gets the retirement it so deserves.

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Postby addams » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:58 am UTC

That was a nice story.
I was quite attached to a pair of goldfish.

They started as a prize from a carnival.
They grew into a fifty gallon tank.

Then...beware transplanting fish diseases.
..the end.
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Postby Jumble » Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:29 am UTC

So, apparently, someone who admits to the name of Christopher Stephens, and appears happy to accept he writes content for the #dailymail, has written a scathing critique of the last watchable Top Gear, stating that on the evidence of the last episode those who lobbied for Clarkson's reinstatement should be ashamed. Now, I'm not a great fan of Clarkson and his works, I was non-plused by the whole 'man-fired-for-punching-colleague-in-the-face' shock, and I've not actually watched the last episode.

However, it strikes me that for someone that sees his acceptable life's contribution to society to be writing for the Daily Mail to lecture others on when they should feel ashamed must be an irony explosion detectable in neighbouring galaxies. Just saying.
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Postby Whizbang » Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:29 pm UTC

How do they know it was 7 years? Just by its size?

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Postby addams » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:52 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:How do they know it was 7 years? Just by its size?

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Postby SlyReaper » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

Probably chopped it in half and counted the rings?
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Postby Grop » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:30 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Probably chopped it in half and counted the rings?


Ah ah I thought the same thing.

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Postby addams » Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:05 pm UTC

Grop wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:Probably chopped it in half and counted the rings?


Ah ah I thought the same thing.

Yes. I thought it, too.

He's still swimming.
So, we know it's not so.

Funny how fast a thought comes in,
is deemed stupid and goes back out again.

Nothing stupid about thinking it.
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Postby Angua » Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:37 pm UTC

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Whizbang wrote:How do they know it was 7 years? Just by its size?


Usually fish scales have annual rings you can count.

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Postby Whizbang » Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:47 pm UTC

Ah. Neat.

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Postby ivnja » Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:47 pm UTC


What a mess the past month has been for them. This one doesn't make sense to me.
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Postby PeteP » Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:52 pm UTC

I am surprised how well known that admin appears to be. Well reddit could just decide that they should hire mods for the big subs and take the control away from the current mods.

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Postby Adacore » Sun Jul 05, 2015 1:22 pm UTC

The admin in question (Victoria / chooter) was extremely good at at least the public-facing part of her job, and was widely respected by basically anyone who followed the AMA stuff on reddit. Perhaps she was a terrible person, or committed some serious firing offense, but from what the community saw she was probably reddit's most visible positive asset.

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Postby HungryHobo » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:24 pm UTC

I've read reddit for quite some time yet I'd never even heard of her.
She wasn't particularly visible to the majority but it isn't the majority that shape most internet communities, it tends to be a small minority of people like the subreddit mods.

Reddit appears to be going into a Digg spiral by alienating the most influential fractions of their userbase.

It'll be interesting to see which social media company rises as they fall.
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Postby addams » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:30 pm UTC

Opps.
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Postby Adacore » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:20 am UTC

HungryHobo wrote:I've read reddit for quite some time yet I'd never even heard of her.
She wasn't particularly visible to the majority but it isn't the majority that shape most internet communities, it tends to be a small minority of people like the subreddit mods.

If you've read any celebrity AMA's in the past couple of years, in almost all cases it's her typing replies while talking to the celebrity (either in person or on the phone) and reading them the questions. I don't consider myself a particularly active redditor; she's the only member of the admin team I've heard of.


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Postby KnightExemplar » Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:06 pm UTC

Harper Lee's first book is almost published: Go Set a Watchman. Her second novel is the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird".

"Go Set a Watchman" takes place twenty years after the events of the famous novel. It is complete with 1950s slang, such as the n-word. But it is clear that the "younger" version of Harper Lee didn't want the book published (otherwise, she would have published it by now). So the morality of taking this book out of a 90+ year old's safety deposit box has been questioned in this Bloomberg article.

"Go Set a Watchman" is one of the most pre-ordered books in history and is an Amazon bestseller. Anyone plan to read it? Anyone have thoughts on the controversy surrounding the publication of this book?
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KnightExemplar wrote:Harper Lee's first book is almost published: Go Set a Watchman. Her second novel is the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird".

"Go Set a Watchman" takes place twenty years after the events of the famous novel. It is complete with 1950s slang, such as the n-word. But it is clear that the "younger" version of Harper Lee didn't want the book published (otherwise, she would have published it by now). So the morality of taking this book out of a 90+ year old's safety deposit box has been questioned in this Bloomberg article.

"Go Set a Watchman" is one of the most pre-ordered books in history and is an Amazon bestseller. Anyone plan to read it? Anyone have thoughts on the controversy surrounding the publication of this book?



To be honest, I'm not really sure what to make of the current situation with Harper Lee. It seems possible that people could be manipulating Lee into publishing this book for profit. Then again, perhaps it's possible that she genuinely has had a change of heart and wants it changed. I've seen it happen before. Honestly, I'm not sure.


When the allegations first arose, I had one friend mention that they probably would download the book for free instead of purchasing it, as a way of denying profit to those who might be taking advantage of Lee. But I disagree on that front. If you truly believe that Lee didn't want this published, the moral thing to do isn't to rip it off, it would be to not read the book.

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Postby jestingrabbit » Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:44 am UTC

An alternative reading of events: the novel is quite transparently personal, and possibly critical of scout/harper's father. Her previous legal representative was her sister who recently died. Maybe she wanted her nuclear family dead before she published something that could be read as transparent criticism of them.
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Postby Djehutynakht » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:14 am UTC

I learned that Harper Lee actually had a very interesting relationship with Truman Capote (on whom Dill is based). Didn't know that.

It's going to be interesting though if this novel explores the dark side of characters like Atticus, who have henceforth been lauded as moral examples.

Anyways, "Go Set a Watchman" 's first chapter released.


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Also, just had a thought:

I expect the movie within two years.

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Postby addams » Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:43 am UTC

That was nice.
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I.o.n.:

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jestingrabbit wrote:An alternative reading of events: the novel is quite transparently personal, and possibly critical of scout/harper's father. Her previous legal representative was her sister who recently died. Maybe she wanted her nuclear family dead before she published something that could be read as transparent criticism of them.


A grim explanation, but one that I find pretty plausible. Apparently the characters of "To Kill a Mockingbird" were pretty closely related to her family and her friends.
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New font lets you know whether you're a terrorist.

It's interesting. The basic concept is that the font strikes out words that appear on common Intelligence agency watchlists as potential words used by terrorists.

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Postby addams » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:00 am UTC

Thank you.

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That is funny.

I know it is tragic.
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Postby mathmannix » Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:41 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:I expect the movie within two years.

With the special effects available, I will be very disappointed if it doesn't star Gregory Peck.

EDIT: okay, his grandson Ethan looks kind of like him. Maybe...
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Djehutynakht wrote:New font lets you know whether you're a terrorist.

It's interesting. The basic concept is that the font strikes out words that appear on common Intelligence agency watchlists as potential words used by terrorists.


This is awesome. I wonder what presidential speeches would look like, or MLK's "I have a dream".

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Postby jestingrabbit » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:34 pm UTC

KnightExemplar wrote:
jestingrabbit wrote:An alternative reading of events: the novel is quite transparently personal, and possibly critical of scout/harper's father. Her previous legal representative was her sister who recently died. Maybe she wanted her nuclear family dead before she published something that could be read as transparent criticism of them.


A grim explanation, but one that I find pretty plausible. Apparently the characters of "To Kill a Mockingbird" were pretty closely related to her family and her friends.


I consider it far less grim than the "harper lee bonkers and manipulated by devious new lawyer" angle.
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Djehutynakht wrote:New font lets you know whether you're a terrorist.

It's interesting. The basic concept is that the font strikes out words that appear on common Intelligence agency watchlists as potential words used by terrorists.

Oddly, it seems to be case-sensitive. For the initial sentence they give, re-typing it with the same punctuation results in strikeouts, but reversing their capitalization leaves them clear.
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Djehutynakht wrote:New font lets you know whether you're a terrorist.

It's interesting. The basic concept is that the font strikes out words that appear on common Intelligence agency watchlists as potential words used by terrorists.

Oddly, it seems to be case-sensitive. For the initial sentence they give, re-typing it with the same punctuation results in strikeouts, but reversing their capitalization leaves them clear.


I noticed that too. It's odd...maybe a glitch in the system?

Or perhaps the NSA doesn't think that terrorists know how to capitalize.

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the nsa is pretty sure terrorists are all anticapitalists.
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Postby jestingrabbit » Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:03 pm UTC

I think it might be deliberate. I mean, codewords for specific technologies or what have you are typically case sensitive. One of the keywords that I thought was pretty weird was "Mary" but then I thought that maybe religious language is maybe the stuff you want people to examine more closely with millenial cults and what not.
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If they pay attention to the conversations we have at our work, we might have some trouble. We are constantly talking about "the bomb". (BOM, bureau of meteorology)

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Postby phlip » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:31 am UTC

The case-sensitivity is just a result of the ligatures they're abusing to make it work... here's a rundown of the process from a different novelty font.

The short version: fonts have a system for combining letters together, eg turning an "f" and an "i" into a single "fi" ligature, to make certain combinations of letters look better. This font is a creative use of that, to make ligatures for entire words that look like that word crossed out or whatnot. Naturally, ligatures are case-sensitive (it wouldn't make sense to use the fi ligature to replace "FI"), so this is too. To make it case-insensitive they'd need to make a ligature form for the crossed-out version of every possible capitalisation of the word.

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jestingrabbit wrote:I think it might be deliberate. I mean, codewords for specific technologies or what have you are typically case sensitive. One of the keywords that I thought was pretty weird was "Mary" but then I thought that maybe religious language is maybe the stuff you want people to examine more closely with millenial cults and what not.


I understand that it is more of an art project than a serious discussion on the matter. But... GCHQ and NSA have pretty different policies on how they go about doing things. Lumping them all together in a single font makes me question the legitimacy of details like that. For one thing, the GCHQ doesn't have to deal with 1st or 4th amendment issues... like at all. Free Speech isn't guaranteed in the British system IIRC and is a major difference between our two countries. For another, my understanding of the British system is that its more of a National Crime Agency thing to patrol the Internet and scan for stuff.

Assuming that the font uses GCHQ OR NSA (or... perhaps they're using the words GCHQ / NSA "artistically" and instead just mean the general "spying mechanism" of the USA or British. So they include National Crime Agency, FBI, DEA and all that stuff correctly)... I'd hope to find a reference or maybe a source. It'd be nice if it were linked to the Snowden documents.... but I'm relatively familiar with those and I don't recall any codeword scanning devices in the Snowden leaks. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong of course).

Which leads me to believe that the whole font is just a giant bullshit exercise on behalf of the artist. I call it "art" because that is what it is... it is a good starting point of discussion but if it cannot be mapped to reality, I'm not exactly sure how its useful to anyone who actually cares about policy.

Seems fun to play around with though.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:42 pm UTC

natraj wrote:the nsa is pretty sure terrorists are all anticapitalists.
I see what you did there.
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Postby Coyne » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:34 am UTC

KnightExemplar wrote:I call it "art" because that is what it is... it is a good starting point of discussion but if it cannot be mapped to reality, I'm not exactly sure how its useful to anyone who actually cares about policy.


I think that, without intending to, you described its value right there. Yes it's art, but it's art that makes people think about their world. Some would say that's the whole goal of art, to make us think about the best of humanity...and the worst.

Even people like me: I've been aware of this BS list for years and yet, cynic that I am, I found myself shocked that the word "hopes" is on the list. Bob wrote, "That he hopes to marry Alice," therefore Bob is a terrorist--at least terrorist enough for his message to be subject to surveillance.


In re some of your other comments, GCHQ and NSA are like two sides of the same coin. NSA gets everything GCHQ captures and vice-versa; these days it's almost impossible to tell where one stops and the other begins. On any level.
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